Urban growth and development of contemporary neighbourhood public space in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Chitrakar, Rajjan Man, Baker, Douglas C., & Guaralda, Mirko (2016) Urban growth and development of contemporary neighbourhood public space in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Habitat International, 53, pp. 30-38.

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Abstract

Rapid and unplanned growth of Kathmandu Valley towns over the past decades has resulted in the haphazard development of new neighbourhoods with significant consequences on their public space. This paper examines the development of public space in the valley’s new neighbourhoods in the context of the current urban growth. A case study approach of three new neighbourhoods was developed to examine the provision of public space with data collected from site observations, interviews with neighbourhood residents and other secondary sources. The cases studies consist of both planned and unplanned new neighbourhoods. Findings reveal a severe loss of public space in the unplanned new neighbourhoods. In planned new neighbourhoods, the provision of public space remains poor in terms of physical features, and thus, does not support community activities and needs. Several factors, which are an outcome of the lack of proper urban growth initiatives and control measures, such as an overall drawback in the formation of new neighbourhoods, the poor capacity of local community-based organisations and the encroachment of public land are responsible for the present development of neighbourhood public space. The problems with ongoing management of public spaces are a significant issue in both unplanned and planned new neighbourhoods.

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ID Code: 90204
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Urban growth, new neighbourhood, public space, Kathmandu Valley
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.11.006
ISSN: 0197-3975
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Community Planning (120501)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 02:00
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 10:02

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